Heritage Sues to Determine Who Really Owns Michael Jackson's Stuff
Only, a New Jersey man showed up later with a police report claiming the stuff had been stolen out of a Las Vegas storage warehouse. Then the IRS got involved. So Heritage voided the sales, returned the bidders' money and decided to hold on to the stuff till the ownership claims are settled. The auction house has filed legal papers in Dallas federal court to let everyone know what's what.
Update: Noah Fleisher, PR man for Heritage, sends word: "The MJ 'Life Mask' didn't come from the consignment in question. It was indeed part of the overall MJ grouping, just not that stuff." Fine, I've altered the item, but I'm leaving the art. Spooky.